Sept. 24, 2020, 9:50 a.m.
Ko tā te uri o Te Rarawa, o Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, kaikaunihera rangatahi rawa o Te Tai Tokerau anō hoki, tā Moko Tepania, he tū mō te reo Māori. E kōrero Māori anake ana ia ki te hui a Te Kaunihera o Te Tai Tokerau ki Te Raki i te rā nei, he wero mō Mahuru Māori.
Ko te whakapae ia, he tuatahitanga tēnei i Aotearoa, ka mutu, kua whakarite kaiwhakapākehā te kaunihera e mārama ai āna kōrero ki te katoa i a ia e whawhai ana kia noho māori ai te reo Māori i te horopaki o te kaunihera, he āhuatanga kāore i te takahi i ngā ture a te kaunihera
I te nuinga o te wā, ka tīmata ngā whakawhitinga kõrero a te Māori me te Karauna ki ngā kaunihera, heoi anō, kua roa nei ngā kanohi Māori e ngaro ana i te tēpu whakahaere ã-rohe, 5 õrau noa iho ngā kaikaunihera o te motu i te tau ka hori, he Māori, ahakoa 14 ōrau o ngā tāngata i Aotearoa, he Māori.
He toa tauā a Tepania, kaua mō te reo Māori anake i tōna tūranga kaiwhakaako i Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe, engari he mema anō hoki ia o Te Maruata, he kohinga kaikaunihera Māori. Ko tā rātou he whakawhanake i ngā whakawhitinga i waenga i te Māori me te Karauna, me ngā tatauranga kaikaunihera Māori anõ hoki.
Ehara i te mea e tauhou ana tēnei māngai o Kaikohe Hokianga ki tēnei momo tū, ki te whakamana i te reo Māori i ngā kaunihera. I te Hānuere, i whakanuia ia mōnā i tuku rīpoata reo rua ki te kaunihera, he tuatahitanga i Aotearoa.
E whakapono ana ia, ki te kore ngā mana ā-rohe e aro ki te reo, ka mahue rātou ki muri, mātua rā te hiahia kia whakaakona te reo Māori ki ngā kura katoa o te motu me te whāinga anõ hoki a te kāwanatanga kia kotahi miriona ngā kaikõrero i te reo Māori hei te tau 2020.
Mõ te whānuitanga ake o ngā kõrero, mātakina te whitiāhua e iri ake ana i runga.
Te Reo Only In Council Meeting
Te Rarawa/Ngāti Kahu descendant and Northland’s youngest councillor Moko Tepania is making a stand for te reo Māori, participating in today’s Far North District whole of council meeting solely in te reo Māori as a challenge for Mahuru Māori (Māori Language Month).
It’s believed to be a first in New Zealand and the council has employed the services of a translator in order for everyone to understand Tepania in his effort to normalise te reo in the council space, an action which doesn’t go against council standing orders.
Māori and Crown engagement often starts at local council level, however, there’s a been a long-standing lack of Māori representation with only 5 per cent of elected local body members across New Zealand identifying as Māori last year , despite Māori making up 14 per cent of the countries population.
Tepania is a champion not only for te reo Māori, teaching at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe, but is also a member of Te Maruata, a committee made up of Māori councillors nation-wide, advocating better Crown/Māori engagement and stronger Māori representation in local government.
It’s not the first time the Kaikohe Hokianga representative has asserted the place of te reo in council. Back in January, he was praised for being the first councillor to submit a bilingual report to council.
He believes that if local governments across Aotearoa don’t embrace te reo Māori, they’ll be left behind, especially considering the prospect of compulsory reo in schools as well as the Government target of 1 million speakers of basic reo by 2040.
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